Iran sort of admits (or brags) that it has armed forces in Syria
General Salar Abnoush is quoted by the Journal saying in a speech to volunteers (according to Iranian news agency Daneshjoo) -- "Today we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war, a military one in Syria and a cultural one as well."
Other sources cited by the Journal confirm that the decision was taken by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, urged by the commander of the IRGC's elite Qods Force, General Qadim Solaimani and while the actual deployment has not been officially announced or confirmed, Iranian defense minister Ahmad Vahidi said that "Syria is managing this situation very well on its own, but if the government can't resolve the crisis on its own, then based on their request we will fulfill our mutual defense-security pact." And Syrian National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar, in Tehran this week, said that "the people of Syria will never forget the support of Iran during these difficult times."
could be posturing,
could be some Persians blustering
could be pretense in advance of non aligned meeting
could be pretense in advance of Morsi's and Ban's visit
could be a sign of Persian desperation
could be a sign the Persians think Assad will survive
Posted by: lord garth